Health care institutions provide a unique setting where people discuss their health concerns, making them one key to the success of health improvement in Minnesota. Health care providers promote healthy behaviors by encouraging individuals to maintain healthy eating habits, participate in regular physical activity, avoid the use of tobacco products and limit exposure to secondhand smoke.

Reforming health care so there is a focus on prevention of chronic disease is key to saving costs with the burden of obesity and tobacco use has on our citizens. The SHIP approach to prevention in health care is founded on true collaboration between health care clinics, local public health agencies and community-based organizations, and tribal governments and their health care systems. Together, they work to:

  • Strengthen partnerships between local public health, health care facilities and clinics, health plans/payers and community-based organizations.
  • Enhance methods of screening and documentation of Body Mass Index, blood pressure and tobacco use and exposure.
  • Offer community resources that address behaviors related to nutrition, physical activity and tobacco use and exposure.
  • Encourage breastfeeding for new mothers.
  • Create or strengthen referral systems to in-house or community resources.
  • Complete Community Health Needs Assessments and make plans to address identified issues.
  • Assist with start-up of evidence based programs like I CAN Prevent diabetes and Living Well with Chronic Conditions.

To read about exciting partnerships with healthcare systems in our area, click on the link below:

Healthcare Partners

If you are interested in partnering with us on healthcare reform efforts, we would love to hear from you. Contact Countryside SHIP.


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